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“Significant growth” for Bokomo Foods

Cereal maker Bokomo Foods is now the main supplier to all major supermarkets’ own-brand cereal products.

Costa to open in Chard and Crewkerne

The high street coffee chain has confirmed it will be opening the two new Somerset stores by April. 

Waitrose operating profit up despite tough market

Waitrose has reported a 3.9% rise in operating profit for the year, to £232.6m, despite “exceptionally tough” market conditions.

Waites will not re-open after floods

Sadness has greeted news that West Yorkshire bakery Waites will not be re-opening, having been devastated twice by water damage.

‘Everything Doughnut’ becomes latest hybrid

The Doughnut Project, in the US, has unveiled a sweet and savoury pastry hybrid topped with cream cheese, sesame seeds and garlic.

Morrisons details strategy for growth

Morrisons has listed six key priorities, as part of its ongoing strategy to improve profitability.

Morrisons reports sales drop

Morrisons reported a 2% drop in like-for-likes sales for its financial year (excluding VAT and fuel), although positive Q4 figures showed signs of recovery.

No change to Sunday trading hours

Plans to overhaul Sunday trading laws in England and Wales have been dropped, after they were rejected by MPs.

Sussex bakery fined £14,392 for rodent infestation

Falcone Baking Company in Newhaven has been fined after being found guilty of five offences relating to poor food hygiene, including a “serious rodent infestation”. 

Stoke Newington bakery supports vulnerable women

Luminary Bakery provides training and jobs for women who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness, or who have a criminal record.

New boulangerie and kitchen for Fulham Road

This month, the affluent London neighbourhood around Fulham Road is to get its own French-style boulangerie and kitchen, called Orée. 

Lancashire bakery to relocate

Bowen’s Pies will move from their current Adlington base to the former Initial Laundry site on Botany Brow in April. 

Innovation is the key to success, says new report

A new bakery and pastry report from Catalyst Corporate Finance has found that the fastest-growing brands specialise in healthier baked goods using high-quality ingredients.

Carbs linked to lung cancer?

A US study has found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content.

New edible Ghostbusters merchandise

Innovative Bites, the American snack and confectionary supplier, has signed a deal to launch limited-edition Ghostbusters Twinkies, called Key Lime Slime.

Greggs launches flat white with Nappuccino lab

To mark the launch of its new flat white coffee, high street baker Greggs has bought an “adult naptime pod” to London.

Costa’s fresh food initiative expands

High street coffee chain Costa has announced it will be rolling out its offering with premium salad brand Chop’d to a further 12 London stores. 

Co Down bakery re-opens under new name

The Harlequin Patisserie, based in Newtownards, is to be renamed Knead, as the traditional family bakery passes on to the founder’s son.

Food sales return to growth despite supermarket price war

The grocery sector reported a 0.5% rise in sales in the four weeks to 28 February, after months of little or no growth, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Poundstretcher recalls Disney cookies

Poundstretcher is recalling tins of Disney Choc Chip Cookies due to the presence of undeclared milk.

Price of gluten-free bread and croissants rises

Mysupermarket.com has analysed the prices of various baked goods over the last year, with many items found to be cheaper, but a few significantly more expensive.

Ruth Sloan of Irwin’s Bakery, Paul Rankin and David Boyce, deputy head of Great Britain at Tourism Ireland
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Irwin’s to promote Northern Ireland

Irwin’s has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote a “visit Northern Ireland” message to consumers via an on-pack marketing campaign.

Caption: Jason Tarry, chief product officer at Tesco and president of GroceryAid, pictured on the night.
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Fundraising ball raises over £280k for GroceryAid

Seven hundred people from across the whole of the grocery industry gathered at the Hilton on Park Lane for the annual Diamond Ball last week. 

Caffè Nero roasted for tax avoidance

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has come under widespread media criticism for paying no corporation tax in the last financial year, despite posting a profit of almost £23.6m.

Britain’s first chocolate kebab shop

The Chocolate Kebab House will open in Swansea in June, serving crêpes, churros, waffles and milkshakes.

United Biscuits releases teacakes

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

Genius launches gluten-free bagels

Genius Gluten Free has launched its first bagel line as part of a package of three new products.

Warrens celebrates a double win

Warrrens Bakery has won the Open Savoury category at the World Pasty Championships, and readers of The Cornishman newspaper also voted it "the best pasty maker in west Cornwall".

The New York Bakery Co launches wholemeal bagel

The wholemeal bagels from The New York Bakery Co (NYBC) are low in saturated fat and are a source of fibre.

Fresh Foods fined again

The Hayes sandwich manufacturer has been issued with a £15,220 fine for breaching hygiene regulations, for the second time. 

Costa Fresco launches instore bakery

The London concept store has announced that it will serve a range of hot lunch dishes and desserts, baked instore. 

Self-service bakery franchise announces expansion plans

Bake & Take, the German café and bakery concept, aims to open 100 new UK stores in the next five years. 

Wrights’ Strongman Pie

Britain’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, has teamed up with Wrights Food Group to launch a beefed-up Strongman Pie in time for British Pie Week.

Welsh chef partners Lewis Pies

Renowned Welsh chef Michael Knight has partnered with The Lewis Pies and Pasty Company to lend his expertise to the firm’s new range of premium products.

Prewett’s extends gluten-free biscuit range

The UK gluten-free biscuit brand has further extended its range to include milk-free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ all butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate-coated biscuit bars.

Walsall bakery fined £10k

Billy Bunter’s Bakehouse, based in Walsall, has been found to be in breach of a raft of food safety rules, and was issued a £10,000 fine in court this week. 

Southport bakery closure

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

New mini pastry collection

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has launched a Mini Signature Selection, made up of Danish pastries.

Holland’s Pies on television

Lancashire based pie-maker Holland’s Pies is on the box in time to support National Pie Week (March 7-13).

Bakery among biggest UK exports

Baked and cereal exports increased to £2.3bn in 2015, according to new HM Customs & Excise data.

Hampshire bakery launches wedding favours

Little Bee Bakery has started supplying a range of honey-based biscuits to John Lewis.

Spring-inspired lemonade muffin launched

A limited-edition pink lemonade muffin has been launched by Cuisine de France.

Ginger Nut production restarted

United Biscuits (UB) has resumed production of McVitie’s Ginger Nuts at its Carlisle factory.

Costa reports slowing sales

The high street coffee shop chain’s owner, Whitbread, has blamed mild weather for disappointing sales.

Burton’s Biscuits to relaunch Cadbury range

Burton’s Biscuits is relaunching its Cadbury Special Occasions biscuit range in a new pack format, designed for convenience.

New Brioche Pasquier macarons

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier aims to target “the consumer’s growing passion for macarons”.

Grocery prices continue to drop

mySupermarket.co.uk has said grocery prices have dropped to their lowest level in more than a year.

Fairtrade sales up, but not sugar

The Fairtrade Foundation charity said that shoppers and businesses are choosing Fairtrade for most groceries, but not sugar.

Cornelius Group among 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

The Cornelius Group has been included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.

Brace’s to close Welsh factory

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

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